19-year-old Muscatine man charged with murder in stabbing death of grandmother

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — A man has been arrested for the murder of his grandmother, who police say was stabbed to death on her birthday.

Darian Drew Lensgraf, 19, of Muscatine was arrested for first-degree murder, according to a press release from Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren. Lensgraf’s arrest came shortly after an incident early in the morning on Dec. 12.

Police responded to a call at 3:33 a.m. reporting that a woman had been stabbed to death in the 2100 block of Breese Avenue, the press release states. Sixteen minutes later, a clerk at a convenience store a few blocks away called 911, reporting a man with a bloody knife was at the store.

Police arrested Lensgraf at the store. According to the release, the suspect told police after he was read his rights that he had taken the knife to the victim’s house with the intent to kill her.

The victim was identified as Darian Lensgraf’s grandmother, Diana Lensgraf, who turned 66 the day of the stabbing.

Lensgraf’s first appearance at the Muscatine County Courthouse is at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12.

Lensgraf appeared in court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.  He was held on a $5 million cash bond.  A preliminary hearing was set for December 21 at 9 a.m.

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